Patrick Abrahams ESPN Producer
LeBron James has arrived for Game 5
LeBron James has arrived for Game 5
Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan on the importance of getting a strong performance out of their big men Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis
Meek Mill celebrating outside of the Sixers' locker room after Game 5 as Philadelphia coach Brett Brown walks by:
Ben Simmons on Joel Embiid: "He's rusty still so once he gets flowing he is going to be scary." Embiid's rust is one reason Brett Brown believes his Sixers have the most room to improve of any team in the playoffs.
Ben Simmons was asked after Game 5 what he learned about himself during the series against the Heat: "That I'm ready for the playoffs," he said. Simmons nearly averaged a triple-double in the series.
‘'All net!'' Pacers Shooting Guard Lance Stephenson is dialed in at practice this morning
Great photo of NBA Draft prospect Lonnie Walker working out, courtesy of Cassy Athena:
John Wall and Bradley Beal are expecting the atmosphere in the Air Canada Centre to be incredibly emotional after the tragedy in the city. "I think it is going to be very emotional," Wall said. "There were some sad things that happened that you wish happens nowhere. Nobody knows what anybody is going through or the reason why they do certain things. [As] athletes or just being a people in this world, something you never want to see is a tragedy." Beal said, "I'm sure the city is going to round up together. This is a good event for everybody to come together and try to keep their mind off of it. It's a tragic event, we want to send out prayers to all the families that were affected and the city itself because regardless of where you are in the world, nobody wishes that on nobody. So my condolences to everybody and to the city of Toronto. We just got to focus on the game as much as we can. As tough as a situation it is, that is what both teams have to go through at the end of the day."
Steven Adams on Enes Kanter coming to OKC for Game 5 tonight: "I ain't giving him my tickets."
Dwyane Wade on the Sixers: "You want to see nothing but good things for those guys. This is the future of the NBA. The NBA's in great hands with Ben (Simmons) and Joel (Embiid) and those individuals."
Hassan Whiteside played just 10 minutes in Game 5 amid foul trouble and finished with two points and five rebounds. When he was asked what frustrated him most from a team perspective, Whiteside told reporters: "Not being out there. At least give me a chance to fight. I can understand if I was playing 30 minutes and I played bad. At least give me a chance."
JJ Redick: "The interesting thing that has happened is we've changed our goals now like four times. It was make the playoffs and then it was maybe we can win 50 games, and then it was home court and then it was third seed. I think I remember talking to a couple people in our front office about maybe getting a first-round victory and obviously none of us now, we don't feel any sense of complacency, we're not satisfied. This group is still hungry and we want more."
LeBron James declined to wax poetic about Dwyane Wade's career before the three-time champion guard announces whether he indeed is retiring this summer after 15 years in the NBA. James did say, however, that he and his former teammate spoke about the possibility of Wade retiring when the Cavs played against Miami late in the season. "Right after the game it was like, ‘If it's like our last time going against each other, then it's been everything and more,'" James shared. "But I'll give you guys a more in-depth analysis of his career (later on) if he decides to hang ‘em up."